The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have signed former New Jersey Devil and unrestricted free agent Scott Gomez to a one-year contract worth $700,000, pro-rated for this season. Gomez was bought out by the Montreal Canadians last week and has been traveling with the San Jose Sharks for several days.
Gomez struggled offensively in Montreal, battling injuries and a huge contract with lots of pressure from fans and media. Last season, in 38 games, Gomez managed to put up just 2 goals and nine assists.
Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (27th overall) in the 1998 NHL entry draft, Gomez had several good years with the Devils, winning the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. But once he jumped ship for a big contract, he has failed to produce at the same offensive pace.
Several other teams, including New Jersey, were reportedly interested in Gomez's services, but ultimately he decided with San Jose. In 902 NHL games, Gomez has 169 goals and 517 assists.
San Jose has started the lock-out shortened season with a 2-0 record after wins over Calgary and Edmonton. It is unknown if Gomez will be in the line-up for San Jose when they face Phoenix on Thursday night.